News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 05/21/2014
Subject :

Find Money and Much More at the Palo Alto City Library
Contact : Diane Lai, Division Head, Library Information Technology & Collection    650-329-2517

Palo Alto, CA—Nonprofit organizations and other grantseekers looking for funding sources now have access to a valuable new collection of resources at the Palo Alto City Library, which has become a Funding Information Network partner with the Foundation Center of New York.

As a Funding Information Network partner, the Library offers among other resources:

1. Foundation Directory Online: This premiere resource profiles more than 110,000 U.S. grantmakers and is updated weekly. It’s an essential tool for nonprofits and academic researchers.

2. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online: This database connects to nearly 10,000 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

3. Philanthropy In/Sight: This resource combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 200 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs.

The materials and online access to the databases are available only at the temporary Mitchell Park Library location, 4050 Middlefield Road.  Skilled staff is available at that location for assistance using the collection.

“We are helping to build a stronger, healthier community with library resources. The public looks to us for help to create and nurture non-profits, support students, researchers, the arts and locate grant sources, and now we have an even better set of resources to help them achieve their goals.  Workshops for the public will come later in the year,” said Kathy Shields, senior librarian and partner contact.  

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public.  Contact the Library at (650) 329-2436 with questions, and check the Library web page for future classes and training at